Today’s Question: I’m interested in wearing mineral makeup, but I’m afraid at age 72 I’m too old. Is this true? Betty, Warsaw
A: Not at all, Betty! One of the wonderful aspects of true mineral makeup is that it not only works on skin of all ages, but it can actually help improve your skin and be an extension of your skincare at the same time!
The misconception that all mineral makeup is drying or does not work on older or aging skin comes from lower quality mineral makeup. Not all mineral makeup is the same, Betty. Don’t be misled by the word “mineral.” Be an informed consumer and read the ingredients’ labels. Many cosmetic companies fill their “mineral” makeup with harmful fillers, dyes, parabens and talc to bulk up the product and use actually very few minerals. Did you know that the closest thing to talc in nature is asbestos? You wouldn’t want to put that on your face; yet it’s the leading ingredient in many cosmetics today. Talc is also the culprit that leaves your skin dry and emphasizes fine lines. Most mineral makeup formulas in today’s market are comprised of 90 percent talc and very little makeup.
Talc-free mineral makeup actually works quickly and beautifully on mature skin. True mineral makeup is a light-reflective cosmetic, which means that it obscures fine lines and wrinkles and gives a healthy glow to the skin, making it look younger. Matte makeup absorbs light and allows the eye to see “into” the skin. After applying the mineral makeup, it is helpful to spritz your face with a hydration spray. This sets the makeup, softens lines and gives a dewy look. True mineral makeup should feel weightless, like you are not wearing any makeup at all, but provide full coverage all day long. As an added bonus, mineral makeup is water resistant which means it will not crease or smear.
Another misconception about mineral makeup is that it is only available as loose powder. Did you know, Betty, that mineral foundation is also available in liquid, pressed powder and tinted moisturizer formulations? No matter your preference in consistency and coverage, you have several healthy makeup options from which to choose.
Betty, do you have a granddaughter that suffers from acne? Not only does true mineral makeup work well on experienced skin, but it can also be a wonderful option for acne-prone skin. It is completely non-comedogenic, which means it will not clog your pores and it will allow your skin to breathe and function normally. It also easily covers the redness common with breakouts. Some mineral makeup lines, found in medical spas and dermatology offices, contain anti-inflammatory properties as well which will help heal the blemished skin in addition to providing the desired coverage.
I recommend you talk to your local medical spa and test out some true mineral makeup to see the difference for yourself. I think you will be amazed at the look and feel it provides. Betty, you are never too old for beautiful skin!
Jennifer Kauffman is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, practicing in Warsaw and Ft. Wayne. She is a sought after speaker at medical conferences such as the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons. Jennifer is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Coalition of Advance Practice Nurses of Indiana. She received her Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degrees from Goshen College, and Indiana Wesleyan University. Jennifer is a Clinical Instructor nationally to physicians and nurses on sclerotherapy.
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